Responsible tourism: Lee village holiday cottage nr Great Missenden, England
Here at the farm and in the local area, we are surrounded by lots of lovely wildlife. Come and explore the great outdoors, spot a fallow deer or muntjac galloping past. There are all the wildlife traditionally found in rural areas here such as foxes, badgers and bats but there are also wildlife found here that are particularly distinctive to the Chilterns landscape. The majestic red kites can be seen swooping overhead in lots of spots around the Chilterns and there is no exception in our location. In the summer you may spot a gliss gliss if you are lucky, but they do hibernate in the winter so it does have to be the right time of year. There are a diverse range of birds found in this area such as buzzards, sparrow hawks and herons. It is a farmerís job to keep his land and his animals, which is a mantra we follow and live by. The farm has exquisite views of the Chiltern Hills and the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside looks stunning no matter what time of year. We have 65 acres of land on the farm which has cattle on it during the summer to keep the grass down.
We have maintained the building in way to preserve its original character and integrity. The cottage is awash with period features such as the Inglenook Fireplace where the cottage takes its name.
We are involved in Contact the Elderly, a charity that works to prevent isolation and social loneliness amongst elderly members of the community. The charity puts on regular afternoon tea parties, giving individuals regular social events to attend and opportunities to meet new people and build friendships. We are passionate about this and encourage older guests who are retired to come and visit and explore the local landscape.
A community shop, financed and run by the village, the shop lies at the heart of the community. The village holds an annual flower show, the Lee flower Show, originally introduced to the village by Arthur Liberty in 1892. Over a hundred years later, the Show is still held annually in mid-July at The Lee Manor Park and is as popular as ever, attracting entries and visitors from all across the Parish and from neighbouring villages. There are now over a hundred exhibiting classes at the Show, including arts, handicraft, cookery and photography, as well as the traditional flower, fruit and vegetable classes.
The Icknield Way Path is unique among long distance tracks because it can claim to be "the oldest road in Britain" that follows trackways from the Chilterns to East Anglia. Running from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Norfolk, it consists of prehistoric pathways, and meanders through some of Englandís finest countryside. Dotted with archaeological remains, it survives as splendid tracks and green lanes along the chalk "spine" of England. The Icknield Way Path connects with the Chilterns Way, a varied rural trail that stretches from North to South across the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chiltern Way offers a good cross-section of the characteristic Chiltern scenery of high ridges, beech woods, sweeping dry chalk valleys. Take a peaceful ramble along the Grand Union Canal Walk. From the centre of London at Little Venice the canal heads to Slough and then through Hertfordshire and the Chilterns to Tring. It is perfect for a leisurely stroll on a fine afternoon.
As we own 65 acres of land, we are passionate about looking after and caring for the land. We follow a traditional farming system whereby we do all our hedging at the traditional time. We look after the land under the Stewardship Schemes which is used for sheep grazing and hay production.
The cottage is particularly close to the Misbourne Valley, that runs past Great Missenden and Amersham. The River Misbourne that (sometimes) flows through the valley has often suffered from reduced or no flow because of over-abstraction (water pumped out to supply our needs) as well as low rain-fall.